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Irish man pleads guilty in NY over Silk Road narcotics conspiracy

Irish man pleads guilty in NY over Silk Road narcotics conspiracyA 30-year-old Irish man pled guilty in New York on Friday to narcotics conspiracy over the now-defunct “dark web” marketplace Silk Road, just months after being extradited to the United States. US prosecutors say Gary Davis, who went by the alias “Libertas,” was a Silk Road administrator in 2013 — paid a weekly salary to carry out duties that included resolving disputes between drug dealers and buyers on the site. On Friday, he pled guilty in a Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, after cutting a plea deal.



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Pope apologizes for 'crimes' against Irish women, babies

Pope apologizes for 'crimes' against Irish women, babiesDUBLIN (AP) — Pope Francis issued a sweeping apology Sunday for the "crimes" of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials didn't respond with compassion, truth or justice to the many children and women who were abused over generations.



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Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'

Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'Pope Francis on Saturday met with eight Irish abuse victims after expressing “pain and shame” over the “failure” of Catholic Church authorities to deal with the abuses, the Vatican said. “Pope Francis met early Saturday evening for an hour and a half with eight survivors of clerical, religious and institutional abuse,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement. The eight included a victim of Catholic priest Tony Walsh, who abused hundreds of children over a period of nearly two decades before he was finally cast out of the priesthood and imprisoned.



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Irish sex abuse victim urges pope to remove 'every rotten apple'

Irish sex abuse victim urges pope to remove 'every rotten apple'Pope Francis should rid the Catholic Church of “every rotten apple” and announce concrete measures against sexual abuse by the clergy during his visit to Ireland, a prominent Irish victim told AFP. Marie Collins, who resigned from a Vatican commission on child protection last year over its failure to take action, said in an interview that the pontiff had to tackle the issue “head on”. “Every rotten apple should be got rid of and it should happen now,” Collins said on the sidelines of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, ahead of the pope’s visit to Ireland which starts Saturday.



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Pope shares 'pain and shame' at Church's failings over Irish abuse during historic visit

Pope shares 'pain and shame' at Church's failings over Irish abuse during historic visitThe Catholic Church's failure to address sex abuse is a "source of pain and shame", the Pope has told an audience in Ireland. Beginning a two-day visit to the country on Saturday, Pope Francis said he "cannot fail to acknowledge" the "grave scandal" that abuse by Catholic priests had caused, describing it as a “scourge in the Church”. He said the "failure" of religious leaders including bishops to address the "repellent crimes" had "rightly given rise to outrage". His comments came after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called on him to implement a "zero tolerance" approach to abusers and those who participated in cover-ups. "We must now ensure that from words flow actions," he said. He said Irish scandals including Magdalene Laundries, industrial schools, mother and baby homes, illegal adoptions, and clerical abuse were "stains on our State, our society, and also the Catholic Church". Failures had "created a bitter and broken heritage for so many, leaving a legacy of pain and suffering", he said, adding that survivors were “kept in dark corners, behind closed doors”. The Pope's visit to Ireland, in pictures His words echoed the calls of victims' and survivors' groups, who criticised a Pontifical letter issued on Monday for failing to include concrete provisions to bring abusers to justice. Campaigners say the Vatican knows the identity of senior figures who have aided abusers by moving them to different areas and failing to report them to police, but has not taken action against them. The Pope also met with victims and survivors of abuse on Saturday in a private event, and then addressed more than 80,000 people at Dublin's Croke Park stadium for the Festival of Families. The concert-type event was held to mark the end of the World Meeting of Families 2018, including performances by Andrea Bocelli, The Riverdance Troupe, Nathan Carter, Dana Masters and Daniel O'Donnell. Pope Francis delivered an address and heard five testimonies by families from Ireland, Canada, India, Iraq, and Africa about the importance of family in the modern age. Earlier, as he left Dublin Castle to drive through the city in a blue Skoda the Pope was greeted by a group of advocates holding a banner calling for redress for victims. Other placards urged him not to forget abuse survivors. His visit has drawn comparisons to an earlier visit by Pope John Paul II in 1979, at which 2.7m people greeted him and more than a million attended a Mass in the city’s Phoenix Park. Pope Francis disembarks from the aircraft as he arrives at Dublin International Credit: Maxwell Photography via Getty Images The figures for this year’s event are not yet know, but the pavement behind the barriers outside the castle was not full and many of those watching were there to protest. However, crowds later packed the streets in areas such as Dame Street, with supporters cheering and waving flags, as he processed through in the "Pope-mobile". On Sunday he will conduct a papal mass in the same location, with half a million expected to attend. A Facebook group, Say Nope to the Pope, which has 6,300 members, has prompted some to obtain a free ticket with no intention of going, as a gesture of protest against a series of issues including the church’s involvement in Irish politics and stances on LGBT and women’s equality. Pope Francis plants a tree during a meeting with Irish President Michael D Higgins, at Aras an Uachtarain in Phoenix Park Credit: PA The weather could also lead some to stay away, with heavy rain predicted to fall all morning. On Saturday afternoon he attended a meeting at St Mary's Pro Cathedral attended by 370 couples who were either newlywed or recently married. He remained with his head bowed for several minutes in front of the candle of innocence, which has been burning in the cathedral since 2011 as an acknowledgment of the suffering caused to survivors of abuse. In his speeches the Pope also hinted at the recent referendum in which the Irish voted overwhelmingly to repeal the Eighth Amendment, paving the way for widely legalised abortion. LGBT protestors from Dublin Pride and We Are Church with flags and umbrellas on Ha'Penny Bridge Credit: PA Speaking at Dublin Castle, he suggested that “the growth of a materialistic ‘throwaway culture’ has in fact made us increasingly indifferent to the poor and to the most vulnerable members of our human family, including the unborn, deprived of the very right to life?” Later, at the cathedral, he added: “The world tells us to be strong and independent, with little care for those who are alone and sad, rejected or sick, not yet born or dying”. However, his counsel for the couples also included some levity.  Looking at the congregation compromising hundreds of young couples he questioned those that claimed people no longer wanted to get married. "Getting married and sharing your lives is a beautiful thing," he told them. He said older people had great wisdom, then joked: "Even the mothers-in-law, even they are wise." Pope Francis speaks to the audience at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, during the Festival of Families event Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Outside the service, couples expressed hope that the Pope could bring about change.  Katie Boland, 30, and her husband Oisin, 32, from Dublin, who married in June, acknowledged that Ireland was less religious that it used to be.  "That's the reality. Maybe things will change going forward," said Mrs Boland, "if his messages are more modern and connect to people now".  Belinda Maguire and Paul Friel, from Donegal, both 26, who are marrying in 2020, said they thought people in their parish were still devout.  "We were both brought up in a Catholic family so I've never noticed any difference to be honest," said Ms Maguire. "To come here today was just an honour, to see him in person and everything."



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The Latest: Irish adoptee demands apology from Catholic nuns

The Latest: Irish adoptee demands apology from Catholic nunsDUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Ireland (all times local):



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Pope says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuse

Pope says church shamed by 'repugnant' Irish abuseFrancis arrived on Saturday for a highly charged visit to a society transformed since more than three-quarters of the population flocked to see Pope John Paul II in 1979 and beset by the kind of abuse scandals that have once more mired the Catholic Church in crisis. “I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education,” Francis told a state reception attended by some abuse survivors. “The failure of ecclesiastical authorities – bishops, religious superiors, priests and others – adequately to address these repugnant crimes has rightly given rise to outrage and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community.” One of the abuse survivors present, Colm O’Gorman, called the pope’s remarks a staggering effort at deflection that failed to acknowledge the Vatican’s role in covering up the crimes.



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Irish abuse survivor demands accountability even at Vatican

Irish abuse survivor demands accountability even at VaticanDUBLIN (AP) — A prominent Irish survivor of priestly sexual abuse told a Vatican-sponsored conference Friday that the Holy See must put in place "robust structures" and strong sanctions to hold accountable bishops and Vatican officials who fail protect children from predator priests.



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Irish church's fall from grace haunts pope's Ireland trip

Irish church's fall from grace haunts pope's Ireland tripBLESSINGTON, Ireland (AP) — When St. John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979, the Catholic Church wielded such power that homosexuality, divorce, abortion and contraception were barely spoken of, much less condoned. Catholic bishops had advised the authors of Ireland's constitution, and still held sway.



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Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticism

Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticismOver the next 15 years floods of similar stories followed as harrowing state investigations unearthed endemic sexual abuse and cover-up that rocked the church’s standing in the once staunchly Roman Catholic country. When Pope Francis makes the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years this weekend, Madden, a Dubliner, will be a long way away. To see that institution being cheered on when there are so many unanswered questions, I would find it sickening,” said Madden, who will be in Rome when the Pope addresses an expected 500,000 people in Dublin on Sunday.



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